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So after a bit of playtesting, I've come to realize that I do really like bikers. I was sort've miffed that they could no longer screen other units in 40k 4th ed after the new ork codex came out, since that 4+ cover save was really something, but now that we have that back in 5th ed, I'm willing to give these boyz a go. When paired up with what I hope will eventually be 30 lootas, I expect the ridiculous amounts of ork shooting I will have flying around the table during my games will be more than rewarding.
This will probably be a pretty slow project, since I've got a lot going on right now and little time to bash these together, but I figured I'd throw what I've done up here so far and look for ideas (see the end of the post).
As of right now, I have the parts to make 21 of the newer bikes, though I expect I'll need at least two more boxes - one for making a Wazdakka bike, and one for the extra 3 bikers I'll need for an even two dozen. Below is the start of the first six I've put together so far.
I will admit that they're not that technically impressive, but I'm starting to get the hang of them. My ideal goal is to have no two bikes quite the same, but I may find that a bit difficult as I get further on in. The first four I put together were pretty much stock bikes as I swapped bits and pieces around from the kits so I had unique front plates (by the handlebars) for all of them.
These are all pretty straightforward. The only things I've been changing are the weapons the riders have, but I'm not sure why - something in the back of my head says I might want to save some of the warbiker parts to make squads of 'trukk boyz' later, since I have like six or seven trukk kits lying around in my apartment now that need to be built.
The riders on all of the bikes are pinned together, since I am obsessive about my miniatures being solidly constructed. They are removable to facilitate painting easier, and when it's all painted up I'll just glue them down onto their seats (there is a pin sticking out of each seat on the bike for them to pin to)
These two I started getting a bit more adventurous:
The one with the gun between the handlebars is something I have been considering continuing. I have a bunch of those guns - spares from warmachines mercenary warjacks - that fit comfortably in that space with a bit of hacking down. Obviously, just that front gun is not enough, so I strapped an autocannon onto his bike.
The one below that is something of a play on the older ork bikes - I used the guns and front plate from one of GW's old plastic bike kits to somewhat reproduce the older edition outline.
I expect about half the bikes in my squads won't have guards over their front tires, since I like the 'chopper' ish appearance they have without all that weight on the front.
And a group shot:
I'm starting to struggle to come up with interesting weapons combinations for these bikes. I have a couple heavy bolters I'm going to use for the next few, but a majority of my heavy weapons collection does not work for this - weapons from devastators like plasma or lascannons don't make any sense on a bike (unless it's Wazdakka) since they're essentially firing big shootas. I would really like to save a couple of the guns from these bikes for use in other conversions down the road, though, so I expect I'll end up scratch building a few weapons.
Anyway, that's all so far.
Chuck some small "teef" onto the blades of the weapons, I love it and will be doing it more and more often to make each individual ork boy have his own personal weapon.
yay! just as I start on my ork ork bikers for serious! I may have to hold off the 3rd one until you update this and I can stea-... 'interprate into my own ideas'... yeah right.
as always, looking foreward to what's to come!
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Banged out a seventh this afternoon. I've been super busy with my new apartment recently, as well as a few other projects, which is why I've only managed to get one done today.
Only two pics for now - the lighting in my apartment is terrible and I am working on figuring out how to adapt to it, but you get the general idea. I had a pair of loose big shootas from an ork dreadnought that I got off of ebay that looked like they would fit the part, so with a little bit of hacking and styrene work I got it all to fit together. The two ammo feeds are hanging off the rear of the bike.
Do you ever shave down the edge of the blades? I do it on almost all my knives in my 2 armies because it just looks that little bit meaner, and the bonus about doing it for orks, it gives each knife an interesting look like hes put it through hundreds of humie heads.
Good work, look forward to seeing more.
Duane: I don't usually shave the blades down, no. I don't need for them to actually be able to cut things.
Chandrila: My army's surprisingly small. I have a huge lack of infantry and troops choices that I suppose projects like this doesn't help much with. I figured I could make a Wazdakka model, though, so the bikers would count as troops, and that might go a ways to helping make up for the difference. And I don't have a day job right now - I'm starting law school in about a week, and moving into a new apartment, so my free time is actually rather limited.
Made one biker yesterday and one today in my free time, which makes eight and nine.
That second bike actually has a third barrel slung underneath the two middle ones, set slightly back so as not to interfere with the wheel. I copped out and used another of the biker front tire guards on him, which means there are two bikes that both have 'em, but I figure in two dozen-strong mobs you can space them out far enough that they'll still look unique anyway.
I'm going to dig for a burst cannon for number 10. I'm looking forward to the Nob at #12 a fair bit - I am picturing a grot in a sidecar with some heavy armaments.
Here's the next one of the group, making ten total. I tau-ized this one, adding a shield drone to the front, and a pair of burst cannons to the side of the bike.
I am saving the sidecar / quad ideas for the Nobz bikes - one nob for each 12-biker squad. I'm making them at the end of each dozen as a sort of 'reward' for continuing the mob.